Anthem teen prodigy is Intel's youngest employee


by Marcy McMacken

Video report by Jaime Cerreta

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 3:53 PM

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- At 16 years old, Joey Hudy of Anthem is the youngest employee ever hired by the Intel Corporation in Chandler.

Hudy made headlines a couple of years ago when he attended the second annual White House Science Fair. While there, President Barack Obama asked the teen to show how his invention, the extreme marshmallow air cannon, worked. 

It worked perfectly, and in front of a nation-wide audience, launching a marshmallow across one of the White House rooms, into a wall. 

After his visit to the White House, Hudy brought his invention to the 3TV newsroom to demonstrate it for Arizona's Family.

Hudy has a high-functioning form of autism called Asperger syndrome and loves building things like his marshmallow cannon.

Intel says Hudy attended a new employee orientation at its Chandler location last week.  He'll start officially working through Intel's corporate internship program this summer.

Usually, these types of  internships are offered to college-age students.

So, how did Hudy land the job?

"I was at the Maker Faire in Rome, making a speech last October," he said. "Intel was there and saw me. They asked if I wanted a job with them." 

Hudy said he accepted the offer without hesitation.

Hudy's duties at Intel will be in the New Devices Group's project development organization.  

What's next for Hudy?

"I'm hoping to go to college if I get accepted," he said. "MIT, I would definitely want to go there."

Keep up with Hudy on his blog, Look What Joey's Making, or via Twitter @Joey_Hudy.